(Photo courtesy OSUMG, tournament information courtesy of Ohio State Athletics Department. Tournament scoring and statistics courtesy of Golfstat)
The Buckeyes finish the Fall Schedule of the 2018-2019 season with a trip to Cincinnati, OH for the Musketeer Classic. The Maketewah Country Club is the host venue.
This is a two-day, three round (54 holes) stroke play event. Monday was 36 holes of stroke play and the final round was Tuesday. There were 17 participating teams as well as several players playing in Individual status. The scoring format is “play 5, count 4”.
The Maketewah Country Club is home course to the host school, Xavier University. It was set up to a length of 6,809 yards and played to par 71. From these tees, the course is rated at 72.4 with a slope of 133. I often play a course at 6,638 yards long with a rating/slope of 72.0/123. Maketewah is a much stiffer test, even at less than 7,000 yards.
The course is tree-lined and is bunkered enough around the greens that approach shots need to be on-line. However, there are very few greens with bunkers fronting them, so run-up approach shots are an option. The course is also Will Grimmer’s home course. More on that later.
The participating teams are: Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, DePaul, Indiana, IUPUI, La Salle, Miami (OH), Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Ohio State, St. John’s, West Virginia, Wright State
1. Will Grimmer
2. Daniel Wetterich
3. Will Voetsch
4. Caleb Ramirez
5. Justin Wick
Ind. Kevin Stone
The Buckeyes rolled through this event with a dominating 18 stroke victory. Ohio State’s score of 851 (-1) was the only final score that was under par for the aggregate three rounds. Ohio State ended the first round in a first place tie with Ball State at 288 (+4). The Buckeyes made a move in round two to take a 6 stroke lead over Ball State. Their second round 281 (-3) was the only sub-par team score of the round. Their third round score of 282 (-2) added another 12 strokes to the cushion.
Will Grimmer at 202 (-11) was the medalist of the 84 player field. Teammate Daniel Wetterich placed 2nd in the field at 213 (E). Caleb Ramirez’s 216 (+3) placed him T-6th, Will Voetsch’s 220 (+7) placed him T-16th and Justin Wick’s 234 9+21) placed him T-68th. Competing as an Individual, Kevin Stone’s 240 (+27) placed him 80th.
|Musketeer Classic||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Total||To Par|
|Kevin Stone (I)||79||76||85||240||27|
|Round to Par||4||-3||-2||-1|
We Have Stats
Note: These stats are for team play only. Individual scoring is not included.
The Buckeyes played the par-3s to an average score of 3.13, +8 to par, ranking them 1st in this category. They played the par-4s to 4.19, +32 to par, ranking them 1st in this category. They played the par-5s to 4.56, -20 to par, ranking them 4th in this category.
Ohio State had 3 eagles, tieing them for 1st in this metric, They had 48 birdies, placing them 1st and 155 pars, placing them T-3rd in this metric.
This was a well played event across the spectrum. They were on their games, for the most part from tee to green, and on the greens, for the entire three rounds.
Will birdied his opening hole and made the turn at 34 (-1). After a bogey on #13 took him to level par on the round, Will “brought it home” with 3 consecutive birdies (#14-#16) for a back nine of 34 (-2) and a great opening round of 68 (-3). His 68 was 3rd lowest score of the round.
In Will’s second round, he opened with five consecutive pars. He kicked it into gear in the middle portion of the round with birdies on 4 of the next 6 holes to get to -4 on the day. Will closed out the final seven holes in even par for a round of 67 (-4). Through two rounds, his score of 135 (-7) has Will in medalist position by two strokes.
Will had a fairly uneventful front nine in his final round; he shot 35 (E). He was even on the round through 13 holes before lighting up the scoreboard. Will birdied four of the final five holes for a back nine of 32 (-4) and a round of 67 (-4).
Will certainly made good use of “home court advantage”. Eighty-five of his ninety holes were par or better as he carded five bogeys. His 16 birdies led the Buckeyes.
Caleb had a spotty opening nine, ending with a disappointing double bogey to make the turn at 40 (+5). Amends were made on his back nine; he eagled the par-5 15th hole and birdied #18 for a back nine of 34 (-2) and a round of 74 (+3). So, really not that bad of a day.
Caleb pretty much had round two under control. His 3 birdies on the front nine got him to the turn at 34 (-1) and his 7 pars – 2 bogeys on the back gave him a 38 (+2) and a round of 72 (+1).
Caleb opened his final round with a 2-birdie effort on the front nine to make the turn at 34 (-1). On his back nine, Caleb blended 3 birdies, 3 pars and 3 bogeys for a score of 36 (E) and a round of 70 (-1).
Caleb had one of three Buckeye eagles and 10 birdies.
Daniel open play with five consecutive pars before he couldn’t make any. He finished his final four holes with three bogeys and an eagle on the par-5 7th hole to make the turn at 36 (+1). He remedied the situation on the back nine with seven pars and a score of 38 (+2), giving him a round of 74 (+3).
Daniel tired of the screwing around in round two. Two front nine birdies got him to the turn at 34 (-1). On the back nine, on holes #14-#15 Daniel went birdie-eagle for a nine of 35 (-1) and a round of 69 (-2).
Daniel kept things pretty much textbook in his final round. A front nine of 2 birdies and 1 bogey got him to the turn at 34 (-1). His back nine, with 1 birdie and 1 bogey, was a steady 36 (E) and a round of 70 (-1).
Daniel scored two of Ohio State’s three eagles and 6 birdies. His 6 birdies may seem relatively “light”, but Daniel parred 36 holes. If you par 2/3’s of holes played, you’re doing quite a few things right.
Will was -2 through seven holes before speed-bumping a bit to make the turn at 36 (+1). A well played back nine of 2 birdies, 5 pars and two bogeys gave him a nine of 36 (E) and a round of 72 (+1). A nice way to start a tournament.
In the second round, Will mixed 2 birdies with a handful of bogeys to make the turn at 37 (+2). On the back nine, Will duplicated his first round scoring with two birdies, five pars and 2 bogeys for a 36 (E) and a round of 73 (+2).
Will had a bit of an uneven final round. He made the turn at 37 (+2), but the back nine was erratic. He had a double bogey and 2 bogeys, but salvaged the nine with 2 birdies for a 38 (+2) and a round of 75 (+4).
Will’s game was speed-bumped by three double bogeys, but he offset that with a nice ability to ‘go low. His 11 birdies were second most by any Buckeye.
Justin opened with a tale of two nines. His front nine was a 2 birdie, 4 par, 3 bogey effort that got him to the turn at 36 (+1). So far, so good. Things pretty much went to hell on the back nine. A double bogey and 6 bogeys gave Justin a nine of 44 (+8) and a round of 80 (+9). Ugh…
In the second round, Justin made the turn at 39 (+4). His back nine had a birdie and 6 pars for a score of 38 (+2) and a round of 77 (+6).
Justin struggled to get underway in the final round. A double and a triple had him at 40 (+5) at the turn. He did right the ship with a fairly solid back nine of 37 (+1) and a round of 77 (+6).
Justin had stretches where not much worked for him. But, to his credit, he managed to break out of those funks with birdies. Justin had 5 birdies for the event.
In Individual play, Kevin had a lot of ‘color’ on his scorecard. On his front nine, Kevin had 2 birdies, a double bogey, 5 bogeys and 1 par. That added to a score of 40 (+5) at the turn. His back nine of 39 (+3) was marginally better, leading to a round of 79 (+8).
In the second round, Kevin continued to struggle on holes #1-#9. He made the turn at 42 (+7). Not ideal. However, he birdied two of the first three holes on the back nine to finish with a 34 (-2) and a round of 76 (+5). Kevin’s back nine score of 34 was the best back nine of any of the six Buckeyes in round two.
Kevin’s final round combined flashed of brilliance with stretches of struggle. Beginning his round on the 17th hole, Kevin opened with a birdie. After parring #18, Kevin eagled hole #1. After three holes he was -3; a spectacular start. Then things went spectacularly wrong. Over the next 15 holes Kevin was +17. In the span of about an hour on holes #1 – #4, his scores were eagle, bogey, quadruple bogey, double bogey. (I’ve had stretches of play like that – without the eagle, and you walk to the next tee box reeling).
It was a tough two days for Kevin. He did have an eagle and 7 birdies for the event, so there is certainly something to build on. And, he’ll have some coaching point to work on over the next three months.
A Few Takeaways
I’d say this was a very successful tournament for Ohio State. Clearly, when you win the event and have the two best scorers wearing Scarlet & Gray, things went very well for you. A few bullet-points:
- Ohio State’s score of 851 was far and away their best team aggregate of the Fall Schedule. Granted, this course was probably the easiest (not that it was actually easy) they’ve played, but they absolutely handled the course.
- Ohio State was the only team to shoot in the 280’s for all three rounds. They were the only team to finish under par for the tournament.
- Will Grimmer was the only golfer in the field to shoot in the 60’s for each of the three rounds. His 67’s in rounds 2 and 3 were low scores for each round.
- Getting back to Will Grimmer’s ‘home court advantage’ for a second. He recorded his low round of the year (67’s) and set season/career low score (202) through a 54 hole event. Additionally, Will’s Fall scores are an aggregate -13 to par. 11 of those strokes were at Maketewah Country Club. That is really taking advantage of an opportunity.
- This tournament marked the highest finish on the Fall Schedule for Will Grimmer (1st), Daniel Wetterich (2nd), Caleb Ramirez (6th) and Will Voetsch (16th).
That wraps up the ‘2018’ portion of the 2018-2019 season. The next scheduled competitive round for OSUMG is the B1G Match Play tournament February 8 -9, 2019, in Palm Coast, FL.